Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Doctors are Reading the Bill

FYI- This may help you understand the Healthcare Bill.

Here is a letter I sent to Senator Bayh. Feel free to copy it and send it around to our other representatives. Stephen Fraser MD

July 23, 2009

Senator Bayh:

As a practicing physician, I have major concerns with the healthcare bill before Congress. I actually have read the bill, and am shocked by the brazenness of the government's proposed involvement in the patient-physician relationship.
The very idea that the government will dictate and ration patient care is dangerous, and certainly not helpful in designing a healthcare system that works for all.
Every physician I work with agrees that we need to fix our healthcare system, but the proposed bills currently making their way through congress will be a disaster if passed.
I ask you, respectfully, and as a patriotic American to look at the following troubling lines that I have read in the bill. You cannot possibly believe that these proposals are in the best interest of the country and our fellow citizens..

Page 22: Mandates that the Govt will audit books of all employers that self insure!!
Page 30 Sec 123: - THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.
Page 29 lines 4-16: YOUR HEALTH CARE IS RATIONED!!!
Page 42 l: The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you. You have no choice!
Page 50 Section 152: HC will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.
Page 58: Govt will have real-time access to individuals finances & a National ID Health card will be issued!
Page 59 lines 21-24: Govt will have direct access to your bank accounts for elective funds transfer.
Page 65 Sec 164: A payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & community organizations: (ACORN).
Page 84 Sec 203: Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange.
Page 85 Line 7: Specifications for Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration your Healthcare!
Page 91 Lines 4-7: Govt mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example - Translation: illegal aliens.
Page 95 Lines 8-18: The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & AmeriCorps to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan.
Page 85 Line 7: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans. AARP members - your Health care WILL be rationed.
Page 102 Lines 12-18: Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.
Page 124 lines 24-25: No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Govt Monopoly.
Page 127 Lines 1-16: Doctors/ American Medical Association - The Govt will tell YOU what you can make! (salary)
Page 145 Line 15-17: An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE!
Page 146 Lines 22-25: Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families.
Page 149 Lines 16-24: ANY Employer with payroll 401k & above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.
Page 150 Lines 9-13: Business's with payroll btw 251k & 401k who doesn't provide public option pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.
Page 167 Lines 18-23: ANY individual who doesn't have acceptable HC according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Page 170 Lines 1-3: Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)
Page 195 HC Bill: Officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access to ALL Americans finances /personal records.
Page 203 Line 14-15: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Yes, it says that!
Page 239 Line 14-24: Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid Seniors, low income and poor are affected.
Page 241 Line 6-8: Doctors, doesn't matter what specialty you have, you'll all be paid the same!
Page 253 Line 10-18: Govt sets value of Doctor's time, profession, judgment etc.
Page 265 Sec 1131: Govt mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries.
Page 268 Sec 1141: Federal Govt regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs.
Page 272 SEC. 1145: TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - Cancer patients - welcome to rationing!
Page 280 Sec 1151: The Govt will penalize hospitals for whatever Govt deems preventable re-admissions.
Page 298 Lines 9-11: Doctors, treat a patient during initial admission that results in a re-admission -Govt will penalize you.
Page 317 L 13-20: PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Doctors what/how much they can own!
Page 317-318 lines 21-25, 1-3: PROHIBITION on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand.
Page 321 2-13: Hospitals have opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input is required. Can you say ACORN?!!
Page 335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339: Govt mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing.
Page 341 Lines 3-9: Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Advance Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Govt plan.
Page 354 Sec 1177: Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of special needs people! Unbelievable!
Page 379 Sec 1191: Govt creates more bureaucracy - Tele-health Advisory Committee. Can you say HC by phone?
Page 425 Lines 4-12: Govt mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life patients.
Page 425 Lines 17-19: Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!
Page 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3: Govt provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death. (assisted suicide)
Page 427 Lines 15-24: Govt mandates program for orders for end of life. The Govt has say in how your life ends
Page 429 Lines 1-9: An "advanced care planning consultant" will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.
Page 429 Lines 10-12: "advanced care consultation" may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOVT!
Page 429 Lines 13-25: The Govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.
Page 430 Lines 11-15: Govt decides what level of treatment you will have at end of life!
Page 469: Community Based Home Medical Services = Non-profit organizations. Hello, ACORN Medical Services here!!?
Page 472 Lines 14-17: PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORIGINATION. A monthly payment to ACORN?
Page 489 Sec 1308: The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy means they will insert Govt into your marriage.
Page 494-498: Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.
Senator, I guarantee that I personally will do everything possible to inform patients, and my fellow physicians about the dangers of the proposed bills you and your colleagues are debating.
Furthermore, if you vote for a bill that enforces socialized medicine on the country and destroys the doctor/patient relationship, I will do everything in my power to make sure you lose your job in the next election.
Respectfully,
Stephen E. Fraser, MD

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